Afon Goch monotypes

I am gradually building up a series of trials and tests of prints through weekly visits to open access sessions at Swansea Print Workshop. I don’t exactly know where they will go, but as I work I am getting a very good idea of what is possible and impossible, and taking note, as I learn, […]

a hopeful art practice : useful art

In 2013, Tanya Bruguera initiated and curated a project called the “Museum of Arte Útil“, in which examples and templates of “useful art” were made freely available, and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven was opened up for use by community organisations. In her opening speech, Tanya Bruguera said: “art as ‘as-ethics’, this is a term […]

a hopeful art practice: the commons

In my last blog post on a hopeful art practice, we looked at a work by the sculptor Joseph Beuys called “7000 Eichen”. Joseph Beuys was invited to make his work as a contribution to the 1982 contemporary art exhibition in Kassel, “Documenta 7”. From the beginning of the project, he made it very clear […]

from the woods…

watching the spring unfolding in the woods opposite the Dynant Fawr Colliery site, Cwm Mawr, Carmarthenshire

a hopeful art practice – learning from Joseph Beuys

In a work which examines our understandings of “time”, the philosopher Elizabeth Grosz identifies two tendencies in how politics works through time. The first is what politics is often imagined to be. It is in the rational mode – politics as administration and the effort to implement plans, based on principles. The second tendency falls […]

from the print workshop

I’m beginning experiments in printmaking. I have in my mind working towards folding artist’s books or scroll forms, but at the moment am really just experimenting and teaching myself (again) how to work in this way, and getting familiar with processes and materials. These are all monotypes, which are one-off prints, in contrast with many […]

hope and darkness

You, darkness, of whom I am born – I love you more than the flamethat limits the worldto the circle it illumines …. Rainer Maria Rilke, Book of Hours I.11, Translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy In her powerful book about activism for social change, “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities”, Rebecca […]

from the garden …

I’ve been at Penlan Uchaf again this week at Banc Organics catching up with everyone, and spending time with the seedlings, doing some drawing.

a hopeful art practice

Rebecca Solnit, in her book “Hope in the Dark”, quotes Václav Havel, writing from his experience as a political prisoner: “The kind of hope I often think about (especially in situations that are particularly hopeless, such as prison) I understand above all as a state of mind, not a state of the world. Either we […]

drawings, from the woods

The beginning of some experimental drawings I am making. The method for these is to leave the fruiting bodies of King Alfred’s Cakes fungi on paper, and wait for several weeks. This being a continuation of the drawing and photography I have been doing from daily walks at the woods near Cwmmawr, through the early […]


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